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The Florida Reading & Vision Technology Center Brings the Community Together to Honor Macular Degeneration Awareness Day – May 1, 2013

May 1st of each year has been selected by the Senate of the State of Florida as Macular Degeneration Awareness Day to direct public attention to the disease and the need for rehabilitation. Leading the charge in Ft. Lauderdale, the Florida Reading & Vision Technology Center hosted a FREE event on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 pm. at the Lighthouse of Broward (650 N Andrews Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33311).

Florida Reading and Vision Technology
(L to R): Elly du Pre,Dr. Danzig, Nicole Patterson and Lesa Kretschmer

Participants enjoyed hands-on demonstrations of the latest technology available, remarks about current treatments and research from Dr. Danzig of the RAND Eye Institute and a presentation regarding low vision exams from Nova Southeastern’s OD Chief of Low Vision and Geriatric Services, Nicole Patterson.

Representatives from the Foundation Fighting Blindness, Southeastern Guide Dogs, Talking Books Library and Division of Blind Services were on hand. Additionally, all attendees had the opportunity to tour the Lighthouse and shop at the Florida Reading and Vision Technology Center – one of 30 low vision “toy” stores nationwide.

Affecting more than 11 million people each year, Macular Degeneration is a disease that requires continuing educational resources and cutting edge technology.  Numerous Broward County municipalities have expressed their unwavering support for the services provided by organizations such as the Florida Reading & Vision Technology Center by issuing proclamations recognizing May 1st as Macular Degeneration Awareness Day.

“It’s an honor to receive support from an overwhelming number of cities such as Ft. Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Dania Beach and Plantation, just to name a few,” stated Lesa Kretschmer, President of Florida Reading & Vision Technology, Inc. “We are pleased to be hosting this event to not only offer support for those whose suffer from Macular Degeneration but to raise community-wide awareness.”

Macular Degeneration is a medical condition which is a major cause of blindness and visual impairment in older adults ages 50 years and older. This debilitating damage to the retina, known as Macular Degeneration, can make it difficult or impossible to read or recognize faces, although enough peripheral vision remains to allow other activities of daily life.

About Florida Reading & Vision Technology Inc.

According to the World Health Organization there are approximately 285 million people in the world who are visually impaired, of whom 39 million are blind. Florida Reading & Vision Technology, Inc. (FRAVTI) is committed to offering safe and dependable products to those seeking greater independence. Founded in 2000 by Lesa Kretschmer, Fort Lauderdale, Florida based FRAVTI offers more than 800 products and tools that help those who are blind or visually impaired meet the needs of the broader public.

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